Description

Communication studies is a social science and humanistic field of study, research, and application. Communication competencies are among those most highly desired in professional, personal, organizational, and civic arenas. The mission of the Department of Communication Studies is to examine human symbolic activity as it shapes and is shaped by relationships, institutions, and societies. This work concerns how, why, and with what effects people communicate through verbal and nonverbal messages. Through research, teaching, and service, the Department devotes particular attention to understanding the ways in which communication erodes and sustains collaboration within and among local, national, and global communities.

A degree in communication studies will focus broadly on the production and influence of messages across the contexts of public, personal, and professional life. In this course of study, students are immersed in mastering the intellectual capacities to advocate, negotiate, and relate. Students who major in communication studies can choose to fulfill the general requirements of the major, or they can opt to complete courses in one of three major emphasis areas: communication, health, and well-being; diversity, culture, and global communication; or communication, public advocacy, and civic engagement.

Emphasis Areas in Communication Studies Major

Students who declare a major in communication studies will follow the general requirements for communication studies. Though not a requirement, students have the option to declare one of the three emphasis areas within the major as well.
 

  • Communication, Health, and Well-Being – The health and well-being emphasis area focuses on the role of communication in understanding and explaining individual and relational health, promoting healthy behaviors, and helping persons navigate health challenges. Students interested in health administration, public health, and pre-health students interested in communication studies would benefit from this emphasis area.
  • Diversity, Culture, and Global Communication – The diversity, culture, and global communication emphasis area focuses on the role of communication in constituting identity in a complex and diverse world. Students who engage in this emphasis area will learn how we come to identify and understand difference, how power is constituted and perpetuated in communication processes, how people organize in ways that enable and constrain voice, and how marginalized groups can (re)claim power in local/global contexts.
  • Communication, Public Advocacy, and Civic Engagement – Students who choose an emphasis in Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement will focus on the role of communication in facilitating public participation, mediating public controversies, and organizing for social change and citizen involvement. Students emphasizing in this area will learn to become better advocates and critical thinkers. This emphasis stresses skills related to public speaking, critical thinking, writing, and message construction and analysis.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required to complete an assessment of the major. This assessment will be implemented in the communication studies capstone course: COMM 495 Communication Studies Senior Capstone. Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA, but could prevent or delay graduation if the assessment is not completed as required.

University Speech & Debate

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers a nationally recognized speech and debate program of participation in campus and intercollegiate debate, public speaking, and interpretation events. The program gives students the opportunity to compete at the local, state, regional, and national level. No previous debate or speech experience is required. All students who are in good standing may take part in intercollegiate debate and forensics.
 

Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Advising

Academic and Career Advising

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional academic advisors and career coaches offer 1-1 meetings on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, career coaches can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research, and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors and coaches also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.

Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is their first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as making progress toward degree completion. The assigned advisor may be located within the department of their primary major, or in the Advising Center. Students can identify their assigned advisor in MyRED on the academics tab. In addition, faculty advisors are experts in their discipline, including advanced coursework and requirements, opportunities for research, student organizations, and considering graduate school in the discipline. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love Library South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to ensure a breadth of courses within the liberal arts degree. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement.
  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement. 
  • A student may not use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement.
  • Independent study, directed readings, or internship courses cannot be used to satisfy a College Distribution Requirement.
  • Cross-listed courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Language Requirement

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR E) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through UNL.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of communication studies will be able to:

  1. Develop the core competencies to advocate, negotiate, and relate across communicative contexts.
  2. Proficiently create, organize, convey, and evaluate messages.
  3. Understand and apply theories and methods of symbolic activity.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to recognize and develop a critical framework for making ethical choices surrounding communication.
  5. Showcase awareness of the complex nature of multiple communication contexts (such as public, interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural).
  6. Recognize how message channels influence the communication process.
  7. Communicate empathy toward and an understanding of diverse perspectives across identity and difference
  8. Demonstrate an ability to understand and critically evaluate historical, current and/or future social issues through a communicative perspective.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Thirty-six (36) credit hours in communication studies. No more than 3 hours of internship, independent study or assistantship may count toward the 36-hour requirement in the major.

Core Requirements

COMM 101Communication in the 21st Century 13
COMM 201Social Scientific Research Methods in Communication Studies 13
or COMM 202 Rhetorical Research Methods in Communication Studies
COMM 495Communication Studies Senior Capstone3
Total Credit Hours9

 Specific Major Requirements

Performance Course
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Performance of Literature
Public Speaking
Debate 2
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement 2
Business and Professional Communication
University Speech and Debate
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Foundation Courses
Select two of the following:6
Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life 2
Organizing Social Change 3
Interpersonal Communication
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours9

Advanced Communication Studies or Emphasis

Advanced Communication Studies Courses18
Select six COMM courses at the 300 level or above, including at least two at the 400 level.
Students may select their own combination of advanced courses, or declare one of the following emphasis areas and select from the related list. 4
Communication, Health, and Well-Being Emphasis18
Select six of the following courses, including two at the 400 level: 5
Health Communication
Communication and Aging
Family Communication
Narratives and Health
Gender and Communication
Communication and Health Disparities
Communication and Social Identity
Interpersonal Communication Theory
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
Diversity, Culture, and Global Communication Emphasis18
Select six of the following courses, including two at the 400 level: 5
Intercultural Communication
Intergroup Dialogue
Cultural Encounters on the Great Plains
Organizational Communication
Communication and Health Disparities
Communication and Social Identity
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
Communicating Organizational Culture and Power
Global Organizational Communication
Communication, Public Advocacy, and Civic Engagement Emphasis18
Select six of the following courses including two at the 400 level: 5
Argumentation
Freedom of Speech
Polls, Politics and Public Opinion
Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Theories of Persuasion
Organizational Communication
Rhetorical Theory
Political Communication
Voices of Dissent and Activism
Communicating Organizational Culture and Power

Minor Requirement

An approved Plan A minor or two approved Plan B minors are required.

Additional Major Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements/Rules

COMM 101 must be completed before a student can enroll in any 400-level course. COMM 101, COMM 201 or COMM 202 must be taken before COMM 495.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major, with the exception of 3 hours of either COMM 395 or COMM 397.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Plan A Minor

Eighteen (18) hours in communication studies courses including:
 

Required Courses
COMM 101Communication in the 21st Century3
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Performance of Literature
Public Speaking
Debate
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Business and Professional Communication
University Speech and Debate 1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Additional Communication Studies Courses
Select 9 hours of 300/400 level COMM courses with at least 3 hours at the 400 level. 2, 39
Select one additional COMM course at any level.3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours18

Plan B Minor

Twelve (12) hours of communication studies courses with at least 9 hours at the 200 level or above, excluding COMM 397 or COMM 395. No more than 3 hours of COMM 295 credit can be applied to the minor. A maximum of 3 hours of independent study may apply to the 12-hour requirement.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the minor.

COMM101
Communication in the 21st Century

Description: Introduction to the discipline of communication studies through a problem centered learning approach. How communication theory can be applied to solve everyday problems in public, professional, and private lives through learning how to advocate, negotiate, and relate.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM101H
Honors: Communication in the 21st Century

Description: Introduction to the discipline of communication studies through a problem centered learning approach. How communication theory can be applied to solve everyday problems in public, professional, and private lives through learning how to advocate, negotiate, and relate.

This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 465

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM109
Fundamentals of Human Communication

Description: Theory and practice in communication, including discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening.

This course is a prerequisite for: NUTR 454

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM109H
Honors: Fundamentals of Human Communication

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Theory and practice of varying human communication forms. Includes discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening. Students conduct evaluative critiques, engage in mock interviews and maintain process journals.

This course is a prerequisite for: NUTR 454

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM189H
University Honors Seminar

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program or by invitation.

University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

COMM198
Special Topics in Communication Studies

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

COMM199
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

COMM201
Social Scientific Research Methods in Communication Studies

Letter grade only.

Description: Introduction to social-scientific research methods in communication studies. Location, interpretation, and application of extant communication research.

This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 495

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM202
Rhetorical Research Methods in Communication Studies

Letter grade only.

Description: Introduction to the humanistic research tradition in communication studies with a focus on understanding and applying various critical approaches to the analysis of public discourse.

This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 495

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM205
Performance of Literature

Description: Introduction to skills and theories in the performance of literature, including written analyses of the works performed and the demonstration of this analysis during performance for the class.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 7 Arts

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 7 Arts

COMM209
Public Speaking

Description: Detailed practice in composition and delivery of speeches leading to effective extemporaneous speaking. Critical analysis of contemporary speeches on vital public issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM209H
Honors: Public Speaking

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Detailed practice in composition and delivery of speeches leading to effective extemporaneous speaking. Critical analysis of contemporary speeches on vital public issues will culminate in a major research paper.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM210
Communicating in Small Groups

Description: Practice and theory of communication to participate in and lead small group discussion and problem solving.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM212
Debate

Description: Principles of argumentation and debate. Practice in analysis, briefing, use of evidence, reasoning, detection of fallacies, refutation, and delivery of argument.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM215
Visual Communication

Description: Surveys theories of visual communication to improve critical thinking about images.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM220
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement

Description: Introduction to fundamentals of public deliberation, advocacy, and civic engagement in a democratic society. Develop civic engagement campaigns using the resources of the rhetorical tradition.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

COMM250
Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life

Description: Explores the centrality of communication in contemporary, digitally-networked civic life.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

COMM271
Organizing Social Change

Description: Examine communication processes that support organizing social change. Explore theories and case examples of how social change agents develop their voices, relationships and the organizational capacity to act on behalf of shared goals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM280
Communication and Popular Culture

Description: Introduction to communication and popular culture, e.g. television, music, film, popular literature, "self help" literature, etc., using rhetorical and critical methods of analysis to understand the communicative dimension of these cultural forms to explore the complex relationship of language, visual images, mediated communication, and cultural values.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM283
Interpersonal Communication

Description: Understanding the processes and challenges of interpersonal communication across a variety of relationship types. Issues of interpersonal communication in personal and professional relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM286
Business and Professional Communication

Letter grade only.

Description: An introduction to a variety of communication skills to help achieve maximum effectiveness on the job: verbal and listening skills, oral presentation techniques, small group problem solving/leadership, interviewing, and organizational communication.

This course is a prerequisite for: CSCE 488

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM295
University Speech and Debate

Prerequisites: Limited to members of the intercollegiate forensics squad

Tournaments from September through April.

Description: Application of principles of argumentation and persuasion in intercollegiate debate, public address, and oral interpretation. Intensive research and practice.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM297
Instructional Assistantship

Prerequisites: Permission.

Pass/No Pass only.

Description: Structured professional experience for training instructor assistants to tutor, evaluate communication activities, and do other instructional assistance for communication studies courses.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

COMM300
Nonverbal Communication

Description: Introduction to the behaviors, theories, functions, and skills relevant to the enactment and interpretation of nonverbal communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM311
Intercultural CommunicationCrosslisted with ETHN 311

Description: Exploration of culture as a dimension of all communicative activity. Communication between cultural groups in a variety of contexts, e.g. interpersonal relationships, groups, organizations, politics, and international relations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence ACE 9 Global/Diversity

COMM312
Argumentation

Description: Special forms of debate and public discussion. Adaptation of argument to various types of audiences. Analysis of principles of argumentation in great historical debates.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM325
Interviewing

Description: Primary focus: studying and applying the principles and strategies of interviewing to practical situations; defining and discussing the applications of interviewing theory as it applies to interviewers and interviewees; and participation in interviews utilizing the strategies and techniques discussed in class including employment, counseling, informational, appraisal, complaint, reprimand, and/or persuasive.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM330
Freedom of Speech

Description: Surveys philosophical debates, legal precedents, historical case studies, and contemporary controversies in freedom of speech in the United States.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

COMM334
Polls, Politics and Public OpinionCrosslisted with POLS 334

Description: Attitudes and behavior of citizens with respect to politics, how these attitudes and behaviors are shaped, how they are measured, and what influence they have on government.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM354
Health Communication

Description: Overview of communication research and practice in various care contexts: client/provider interactions, provider/provider communication, communication in health care organizations, mediated messages in the marketing and promotion of health information, consumer advocacy, politics of health care.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM355
Community and Identity in the Digital Age

Description: Theories and research on communication and technology (e.g., social media). Understanding how the "digital age" is shaping our personal, relational, and social experiences. Grade only.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM360
Intergroup Dialogue

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Overview of process for developing, facilitating, and evaluating dialogue across difference. Includes semester-long engagement in intergroup dialogue.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM368
Communication and Aging

Description: Introduction to theories and concepts of intergenerational communication, perceptions of aging, and attitudes about age groups. Focus on cultural variations, media and technology, personal relationships, health and health care.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM370
Family Communication

Description: Theories and research in family communication and relationships. The complexity and consequences of defining and interacting in the family. The diversity of family forms and experiences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

COMM371
Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Description: Introductory account of the role of conflict in relationships, organizations, and communities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM373
Narratives and Health

Description: Focus on understanding the intersections between narratives, health, and communication. Exploration of theory, research, and skills associated with narrative approaches to well-being and healthcare.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM375
Theories of Persuasion

Description: An upper-division course in the theories and perspectives of persuasion, including an examination of the dimensions, scope, and role of persuasion in our society. Critical analysis of persuasive messages, becoming familiar with persuasive research, and applying to practical situations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

COMM378
Cultural Encounters on the Great PlainsCrosslisted with GPSP 378

Description: Inter-cultural encounters which have occurred on the Great Plains with a focus on American Indians, African, African-American, Latino, Asian, South Asian, and European cultures.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

COMM380
Gender and CommunicationCrosslisted with WMNS 380

Description: Introduction to theory and research in gender and communication. Emphasis on examining the relationships among gender, language, social reality, and cultural values.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM386
Organizational Communication

Description: Introduction to the guiding theories in organizational communication field and key communication issues in contemporary organizations. Application of theories and issues through case studies.

This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 485; COMM 486; COMM 487

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM391
International Studies in Communication

Prerequisites: Permission of the Program Coordinator

Travel outside the United States is required. Passport to travel is required; educational visa may be required. Arrangements for payment and program costs (tuition, transportation, room and board, etc.) will vary depending on the program.

Description: Study abroad at site(s) outside the United States with topics to vary depending on the country(ies) visited and specific area of study. Assignments link experiential learning to communication processes and theories. Students will earn 1 credit hour per every 45 hours of attendance commitments and/or assigned work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:15
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

COMM395
Professional Internship

Prerequisites: Permission

P/NP only.

Description: Structured professional experience in the field of communication studies outside of the traditional academic setting. Communication problems are confronted not as abstractions, but as specific occurrences with which the student must cope.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

COMM397
Research Assistantship in Communication Studies

Pass/No Pass only. Students must be invited by a faculty member leading a research project in Communication Studies to work as an assistant on that research project.

Description: Structured research experience aimed at connecting undergraduate students with faculty-led research projects to provide undergraduate students interested in research processes with hands-on experience.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:RSC

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

COMM398
Special Topics in Communication Studies

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

COMM399
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Students must secure the agreement of a faculty member in Communication Studies to supervise the IS project. Once this agreement has been secured, the student will receive the permission number to register. Visit comm.unl.edu to see specialization areas and contact information for faculty.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

COMM399H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM400
Rhetorical Theory

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Major writers, works, and concepts involved in the rhetorical approach to the study of human communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM412
Directing Forensics

Prerequisites: COMM 101

For students interested in teaching debate and speech activities at the secondary or collegiate level.

Description: Emphasis placed on the relationship between theory in speech communication and practice in the debate and speech contest situation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM427
Instructional CommunicationCrosslisted with TEAC 429, COMM 827, TEAC 829

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Advanced introductory course in instructional communication, focusing on understanding variables associated with the communication process in instructional settings and managing instructional communication more effectively. Provides an experimental and a cognitive understanding of the role of communication in the instructional process.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM430
Political CommunicationCrosslisted with POLS 430, POLS 830, COMM 830

Prerequisites: 12 hrs communication studies.

Description: Role of communication in the political process, with emphasis on communication strategies in political campaigns. Includes communication variables important in the political process, an application of communication theory and principles to political rhetoric, and analysis and criticism of selected political communication events.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM440
Rhetoric of Sports and Games

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Examination of rhetorical theories and perspectives viewed through the cultural lens of sports.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM452
Media and Culture

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Theories of mass media, digital media and culture as the basis for investigation of human communication in a variety of contexts and activities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM454
Communication and Health Disparities

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Examines the differences across groups in health, illness, and health care access and the role of communication in defining health problems and creating intervention solutions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM465
Communication and Social Identity

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Introduction to the theories and concepts of intergroup communication, personal and social identity, and social categorization. Communicative processes associated with defining self and others including social comparison, prejudice and discrimination, and social conflict.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM470
Interpersonal Communication Theory

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: In-depth exploration of interpersonal communication theory and research across contexts. How people interact to create, maintain, and dissolve relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM471
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: In-depth exploration of theories and research associated with interpersonal communication phenomena presumed to be destructive and dysfunctional.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM482
Voices of Dissent and Activism

Description: Explores the advocacy efforts of groups seeking social and political change outside of mainstream political institutions. Analysis of social protest rhetoric--including letters, manifestos, speeches, performance, and artwork--to understand how activists have used communication to advocate for social change. Also focuses on the African American civil rights movement to understand how movement leaders and members used discursive means to alter democratic notions of citizenship, opportunity, and community. Additional movements of study may include the suffrage movement, GLBTQ and AIDS awareness movements, anti-globalization, and environmental movements.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM485
Small Group Communication Theory

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Overview of small group communication theory and research centered on how groups and teams are formed and enacted in interaction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM486
Communicating Organizational Culture and Power

Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 386

Description: Critical and cultural theories, principles, and research related to organizational communication. Organizations as sites of culture and power.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM487
Global Organizational Communication

Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 386

Description: Communication challenges and issues that arise in global organizations and in an era marked by globalization. Relationships among culture, communication and ways of organizing across local and global contexts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM495
Communication Studies Senior Capstone

Prerequisites: COMM 101, COMM 201 or 202, and Senior Standing

Description: Examination of essays and completion of a semester project that integrates and applies theories, concepts and processes learned throughout the communication studies major.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

COMM498
Special Topics in Communication Studies

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Topic varies. Topic announced prior to registration.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

COMM499H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Communication Studies (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
14 HR TERM 1
Comm Studies CoreCritical
complete COMM 101
3hr
C
COMM 101 is ideally completed in the first term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment. COMM 101 will fulfill the ACE 2 requirement.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 2
Foundation Course
complete 1 from COMM 250, COMM 271, COMM 283
3hr
C

CDR A: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 3
Performance Course
Completion of this COMM course will fulfill the CDR D requirement.

Foundation Course
complete 1 from COMM 250, COMM 271, COMM 283
3hr
C

CDR B: Math/Sci w/Lab
complete 1 from Approved Science Courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Math or Science discipline with a lab: ASTR, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, CSCE, GEOL, LIFE, MATH, METR, PHYS, STAT (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

CDR B: Lab
complete 1 from ASCLAB1
1hr
Complete an approved lab associated with a course from a Math or Science discipline: BIOS, CHEM, GEOL, LIFE, METR, PHYS (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

CDR C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level, Any Classics Course, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level, Any English Course, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level, Any French Course at the 400 Level, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level, Any History Course, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level, Any Philosophy Course, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 4
Research/Rhetorical MethCritical
complete either COMM 201 or COMM 202
3hr
C
COMM 201 or 202 is ideally completed in the third term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

Adv Comm Studies
complete either Any Communications Course at the 300 Level* or Any Communications Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
4hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 5
Adv Comm Studies
complete Any Communications Course at the 300 Level*, Any Communications Course at the 400 Level*
6hr
C

ACE 4 Sciences
complete 1 from ACE4
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.

Milestones
  1. Declare minor as required by the major.
15 HR TERM 6
Adv Comm Studies
complete either Any Communications Course at the 300 Level* or Any Communications Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C

Adv Comm Studies (400)
complete Any Communications Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete 1 from ACE3
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
Adv Comm Studies (400)
complete Any Communications Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Comm Senior Capstone
complete COMM 495
3hr
C
COMM 495 will fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

CDR F: Additional Breadth
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved additional courses from CDR B, CDR C, or CDR D that is outside of the discipline of your primary major.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
    5. Complete 60 hours of Scientific-Base courses in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Communicate confidently and appropriately with individuals of different cultures
  • Listen actively and facilitate individual and group communication
  • Collaborate with a team to develop solutions
  • Advocate for marginalized or underrepresented groups
  • Develop a strong awareness of self and others
  • Develop and defend evidence based arguments
  • Motivate others to achieve common goals
  • Offer empathetic, sensitive, and patient interactions with others
  • Provide a creative, inquisitive approach to problem-solving
  • Coordinate people, activities, and event details

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Truman Fellow/Policy Analyst, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - Washington DC
  • Communications & Outreach Specialist, NET TV - Lincoln NE
  • Human Resources Generalist, City of Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Account Manager/Marketing Consultant, Three Eagles Communications - Lincoln NE
  • Web Design and Marketing Coordinator, Simplified Office Solutions - Omaha NE
  • Program Director, Fremont Public Schools - Fremont NE
  • Marketing Coordinator, Gulf Coast Events - Houston TX
  • Behavioural Health Specialist, Children's Respite Care Center - Omaha NE
  • Investment Specialist, Merrill Edge - Phoenix AZ
  • Strategic Account and Customer Networking Associate, Crete Carrier - Lincoln NE

Internships

  • Medical Sales Associate, Kile & Associates - Lincoln NE
  • Education Intern, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo - Omaha NE
  • United Way Midlands Intern, United Way - Omaha NE
  • Sports Analytics Intern, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • People Services Intern, Nelnet - Lincoln NE
  • Family Support Worker, Pathfinder Family Social Services - Lincoln NE
  • Marketing Intern, Hudl - Lincoln NE
  • Women's Advocate Intern, Friendship Home - Lincoln NE
  • Sales Representative, University Directories - Lincoln NE
  • Executive Human Resources Intern, Target - Omaha NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Ph.D, Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Juris Doctorate, Boston College - Chestnut Hill MA
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Master's Degree, Higher Education - Student Access and Success, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor MI
  • Master's Degree, Public Administration, University of Kansas - Lawrence KS
  • Master's Degree, Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Nebraska Methodist College - Omaha NE
  • Doctor of Chiropractic, Cleveland College of Chiropractic - Overland Park KS
  • Master's Degree, School Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha - Omaha NE
  • Master's Degree, Occupational Therapy, Nebraska Methodist College - Omaha NE